Ten Whatcom County high school boys’ swimmers swam state-qualifying times, as did three relay teams, at the Northwest Conference Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes.
Sehome qualified a relay team in each event. In the 200 medley relay the Mariners’ team swam a 1:46.83, they swam a 1-minute, 33.11-second 200 free relay, and they swam a 3:30.03 in the 400 free relay.
“I was really pleased with how our guys did,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “Our depth was super strong, but the speed in our district and conference is outstanding this year. It’s going to be a fun year. There were lots of fast swims across the board, and going into winter break there are a lot putting in good times.”
Sehome took first as a team with 358 points, followed by Anacortes (297) and Bellingham (211). Squalicum (141) and Archbishop Murphy (133) rounded out the top five.
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Other Whatcom County schools at the event were Lynden (seventh, 69) and Blaine (ninth, 20).
Rowan King of Squalicum qualified in two events. He won the 100 breaststroke with a state time of 1:02.54, and won the 200 IM with a 2:04.24 state time.
Bellingham’s Martin Sloley also qualified in two events. He took second in the 200 IM with a 2:05.43 and second in the 100 backstroke with a 59.17, both state times.
Sehome’s Isaiah Grambo took fourth in the 100 butterfly, but swam a state-qualifying time of 56.99 to go with his part in the qualifying 200 medley relay. Sehome’s Zach Shenkin also qualified in the 100 butterfly with a 55.58, good for second, and qualified in the 200 IM with a 2:07.45. Shenkin was on the Mariners’ qualifying 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Joe Adams of Sehome had a state-qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:06.52.
Despite taking sixth in the 100 butterfly, Sehome’s David Leung swam a state-qualifying 58.08.
Northwest Conference Invitational
at Fidalgo Pool, Anacortes
1. Sehome 358; 2. Anacortes 297; 3. Bellingham 211; 4. Squalicum 141; 5. Archbishop Murphy 133; 6. Burlington-Edison 112; 7. Lynden 69; 8. Sedro-Woolley 54; 9. Blaine 20
200 medley relay: Anacortes (Laws, K. Mathes, Hofferth, N. Mathes) 1:46.36; 200 freestyle: Danny Schleh (Anacortes) 1:52.69; 200 individual medley: Rowan King (Squalicum) 2:04.24; 50 freestyle: Nathan Mathes (Anacortes) 22.76; Diving: Elliott Forde (Archbishop Murphy) 234.65; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Zach Shenkin, Isaiah Grambo, Josh Larson, Trevor Nims) 1:33.11; 100 butterfly: Elliott Hofferth (Anacortes) 54.96; 100 freestyle: Nathan Mathes (Anacortes) 49.85; 500 freestyle: Tony Mikhail (Archbishop Murphy) 5:04.50; 100 backstroke: Nick Turgeion-Orbe (Sedro-Woolley) 56.62; 100 breaststroke: Rowan King (Squalicum) 1:02.54; 400 freestyle relay: Anacortes (Schleh, Hofferth, N. Mathes, Laws) 3:22.96.